Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
As part of our NY trip, I arranged a tour of DC Comics' offices. In all the years I've been freelancing for the company, I'd never actually been there! Will Dennis, editor on the "Return to Perdition" book I'm currently drawing, generously took time out of his work day to show me around -- and I was so tickled just to be there, that I forgot to take photos! I did get this ONE snap of Superman in the entry way. Silly me.
There was so much merchandise on display at the New York Comic Con, that it eventually became too much to handle -- but before I was overwhelmed by it all, I did take a few snaps of items that caught my attention. These little retro-styled figures of Archie and the gang are just great!
"Adventures of Unemployed Man" creators Gan Golan and Erich Origen appeared at NYCC as characters from the book! A bit silly, you say? Of course -- but it netted them plenty of media attention. It was great meeting them in person (even in super-hero disguise) after working together long distance.
Thanks to my in-laws, who flew Erika, Kirby and me to new York last weekend for a visit with them, I also got to attend the NY Comic Con. I was thrilled to meet one of my all-time favorite cartoonists, Ramona Fradon. I'd just inked a large batch of Ramona's pencils for "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," and here's Ramona holding up a "Wonder Mother" page from that book.
We didn't get to see this show -- but what a kick to see these huge banners featuring Charles Addams artwork! The store across the street had a window full of Addams Family merchandise.
Here's Erika outside the theater before the show (Million Dollar Quartet). We saw the understudy Erik Hayden, rather than headliner Eddie Clendening, as Elvis -- and that was initially a disappointment for me, as I'd seen Eddie perform at the Green Bay Rockabilly fest and liked him a lot -- but there was nothing wrong with Hayden's performance.
Tony Award winner Levi Kries as Jerry Lee Lewis was tremendous -- it did help. of course, that he had all the good lines. All the performers were top flight musicians -- I was especially impressed with (Carl Perkins) Robert Britton Lyons' guitar work and Kreis' Jerry Lee piano stylings. Elizabeth Stanley as "Dyanne" was a stunner -- and when Lance Guest (Johnny Cash) launched into "Ghost Riders in the Sky, " it damn near took my breath away.
Thanks to the generosity of Erika's parents, we saw Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway during our visit to NYC. Here I am outside the theater. The show, about Sam Phillps' Sun Records label and the one day Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis were all in the studio together was just my cup o' tea.